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Instructional Design

Instructional Designer I

Job Type Full-Time  
Experience Level Entry  
Organization Type University  
Pay Range $53 - $60/ hr  

University of Florida

Classification Title: Instructional Designer I

Job Description:

The Instructional Designer I serves as a key team member in the Office of Academic Affairs for the UF College of Dentistry (UFCD) DMD Program. As the only publicly funded dental school in the state of Florida, UFCD is committed to developing and sustaining a learner-centered, humanistic educational environment.

The position collaborates with dental faculty through all phases of course design and development to ensure that courses align with evidence-based pedagogy and integrate technologies to support active learning. The Instructional Designer I engages with design of face-to-face and hybrid courses in the Learning Management System (Canvas), as well as with in-person and online active learning sessions (Simulation Lab, Labs, Team-based Learning, and Inter-professional Experiences) with a focus on the first and third years of the dental curriculum.

This position has primary responsibilities within the DMD Program in course planning and design; course production including the development of online, hybrid, and active learning sessions; assesses course and promotes iterative improvement; implements courses and provides support to faculty and students during the semester.

This position has primary responsibilities within the DMD Program in course planning and design; course production including the development of online, hybrid, and active learning sessions; assesses course and promotes iterative improvement; implements courses and provides support to faculty and students during the semester.

  • Designs online, hybrid, and active learning experiences for the College of Dentistry DMD Program through course planning and collaboration with faculty subject matter experts.
  • Demonstrates current knowledge of pedagogical best practices for both in-person and online/ hybrid education. Informs faculty and staff of standards and guidelines (e.g., quality and accessibility standards) and communicates best practices for teaching and learning.
  • Coaches faculty in the creation of course goals, learning objectives, and an overall course map that aligns to planned assessments. Possesses excellent comprehension of Cognitive, Constructivist, and Behaviorist approaches to learning and can explain learning theories to faculty and staff throughout the instructional design process. Uses instructional design principles (Bloom’s Taxonomy, Adult Learning Theory, Mayer’s Multimedia Design Principles, Cognitive Load Theory, etc.).
  • Provides analytical support for the design of modules, learning strategies, course policies, or software standards. Including reviewing technology and software programs for a course.
  • Manages course planning projects and monitors, tracks, and communicates progress.
  • Participates in course planning processes including creating course layout mockups and content delivery demonstrations.
  • Identifies deliverables, resources, and dependencies in course planning and works as a team to ensure deliverables will be met.
  • Actively engages in course production including the development of online components for in-person, hybrid, and active learning sessions.
  • Collaborates with subject matter experts to develop instructional content.
  • Develops learning aids including, but not limited to, instructional guides, handouts, interactive videos, and web modules.
  • Creates basic graphic design elements in courses and course materials using Design Tools, Photoshop, etc. that adhere to UI and accessible design principles.
  • Advises faculty on development of assessments that align with learning objectives.
  • Updates course content including lectures, readings, assignments, and activities.
  • Consults with faculty to integrate interactive educational technology tools (e.g. interactive video with quizzes, 3D CAD/CAM digital dentistry scans, branching scenarios of patient cases, etc.) into courses.
  • Recommends solutions to instructional development problems as they arise.
  • Provides effective feedback and coaching on writing, presentations, scripts, and storyboards through review of work and copyediting with clients. Demonstrates both empathy and assertiveness when communicating a critique.
  • Evaluates & assesses course quality and alignment of course outcomes with course learning goals. Promotes iterative improvement.
  • Conducts needs assessments (via observation, surveys, interviews, document analysis) to understand student and faculty needs within the dental education context.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of course materials to ensure objectives are accomplished.
  • Participates in student debriefings and reviews formative and summative student feedback to iteratively improve courses as needed.
  • Participates in quality review of courses (QM and UF+QM) as appropriate.
  • Identifies procedures and implements checklists to ensure that courses are high quality and error-free. Evaluates and makes contributions to best practices.
  • Implements courses and provides support to faculty and students during the semester.
  • Provides assistance to faculty and staff with Canvas and educational technology tools throughout the semester.
  • Assists in coordinating and facilitating active learning course events (TBL, Clinic Learning Sessions, Workshops, Inter-Professional Education, Special Event Days) during the semester. This may include managing breakout rooms in Zoom, attending a TBL session in person to manage logistics, etc.
  • Presents training sessions on relevant pedagogy, technology, or teaching strategies to faculty, staff, and students as appropriate.
  • Assists the Instructional Designer II in developing and delivering training for faculty and staff on the Learning Management System (Canvas) as well as other technological tools (e.g. Zoom, polling software, etc.).

Other tasks as deemed necessary

Expected Salary:

  • $53,000 – $60,000 per hour commensurate with skills and experience

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in an appropriate area; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area and two years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree and four years of appropriate experience. Appropriate college coursework or vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience. Knowledge of confidentiality laws.
  • Experience with Learning Management Systems (e.g. Canvas) and educational technology tools (e.g. Zoom, Cloud Collaboration Software, Articulate, Adobe Suite, Mediasite, Polling Software, etc.)
    Competent in Microsoft Office Software, i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, Sharepoint, Outlook, and experience with html/web pages preferred. Personal or professional experience with web editing.
  • Experience with teaching or workshop facilitation (online and face-to-face)
  • Experience in web, image and media software and editing.
  • Experience with Google Forms, Slides, and Sheets.

Special Instructions To Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter and resume.

If an accommodation is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955- 8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine Law

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: No


19 Dec 2023  Eastern Standard Time

Applications Close:

09 Jan 2024  Eastern Standard Time

About Organization

University of Florida is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state's oldest, largest and most comprehensive university, it is among the nation's most academically diverse public universities. University of Florida has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. It was founded in 1853 and is based in Gainesville, Florida.